First Class


1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
2. Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).
3. Since joining, have participated in 10 separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight. Demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
4a. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and that requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs.
4b. Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients.
4c. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
4d. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
4e. On one campout, serve as your patrol’s cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in require- ment 4a. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup.
5. Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, teacher) your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen.
6. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.
7a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. Then demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
7b. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
8a. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.
8b. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
8c. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person

  • From a smoke-filled room
  • With a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards
8d. Tell the five most common signals of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
9a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
9b. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.*
9c. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
10. Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop’s activities. Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project, or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active.
11. Describe the three things you should avoid doing related to use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
11. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples (different from those used for Tenderfoot requirement 13 and Second Class requirement 11) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
13. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
14. Complete your board of review.


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Some questions which might be asked in a Board of Review for First Class 
By this point you should be comfortable with the Board of Review process.   In achieving the rank of 1st Class, you  should feel an additional sense of responsibility to the troop and to his patrol.  The 1st Class rank will produce additional opportunities for you (Order of the Arrow, leadership, etc.).   Merit badges will begin to play a role in your future advancement to the Star and Life ranks. If you have started working on Merit Badges, Good Job and if not then no time like the present.  The approximate time for this Board of Review should be 20 minutes.


  1. On average, how many Troop meetings do you attend each month?
  2. What part of Troop meetings are most rewarding to you?
  3. What is the Scout Slogan? What does it mean for a 1st Class Scout?
  4. Tell us about your last campout with the Troop. Where did you go? How did you help with meal preparation? Did you have a good time? (If “No”, why not?)
  5. If you were in charge of planning and preparing a dinner for your next campout, what would you select?
  6. As a 1st Class Scout, what do you think the Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts will expect from you on an outing?
  7. Does your family do any camping? What have you learned in Scouts, that you have been able to share with your family to improve their camping experiences?
  8. Why do you think that swimming is emphasized in Scouting?
  9. Why is it important for you to know how to transport a person who has a broken leg?
  10. Why is it important for you to be able to recognize local plant life?
  11. What did you learn about using a compass while completing the orienteering requirement?
  12. What does it mean to say, “A Scout is Courteous”?
  13. Why are merit badges a part of Scouting?
  14. How frequently do you attend religious services? Does your whole family attend?
  15. What is your most favorite part of Scouting? Least favorite?
  16. How does a Scout fulfill his “Duty to Country”?
  17. How do you define “Scout Spirit”?
  18. What is the Order of the Arrow? What is the primary function of OA?
  19. Who was Lord Baden-Powell?
  20. What leadership role do you feel you are best suited for in our troop?
  21. When do you think you might be ready for Star Scout?